2023: What lies ahead for vulnerable Nigerians 

January 4, 2023 Abba Dukawa 0

Without doubt, the year 2022 will go down as one of the turbulent years for Nigerians, after the excruciating civil war from 1967 to 1970. Nigerians have been enduring economic, security, food security, social, political, and ethno-religious challenges in recent years. It’s sad that despite the President Muhammadu Buhari’s acclaimed good intentions towards the country, his indecisive actions on some Read More

2023: CAN sets agenda for Atiku, Obi, Adebayo

November 23, 2022 Emeka Nze 0

The presidential candidates of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, his Labour Party counterpart, Mr Peter Obi and the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) were guests at the interactive section organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). CAN declared that it has neither endorsed any presidential candidate nor changed its earlier position on Muslim-Muslim ticket. The Read More

Ending food insecurity in Africa: How Agriholders is making a difference

November 4, 2022 Victor Okoye 0

A whopping +600 billion (USD) worth of food is lost yearly during and/or post harvest accordingto Mckinsey and Company. As alarming as this number sounds, it will keep trending upward ifnothing is done immediately, factoring recent global misfortunes like the covid19 pandemic, thewar in Ukraine and adverse effects of climate change. Most of this loss occurs upstream of thevalue chain Read More

Nigeria’s food insecurity and the way forward

October 26, 2022 Imam Maiyaki 0

Food insecurity is when someone doesn’t have regular access to enough nutritious food. It’s caused when food either isn’t available or it isn’t affordable. Severe food insecurity means a person at times has not eaten for days, leading to extreme and severe hunger. For children, the result of food insecurity is devastating. It leads to severe weight loss, obesity, stunted Read More

Uba Sani and food security in Kaduna state

October 24, 2022 Hattab Yahaya 0

Elections play an important role in deepening democracy in many parts of the world because they allow the governed to choose who governs them. However, an election is more than just an event; it is a process involving a variety of activities and stakeholders. One of these essential activities is campaigning. There is no doubt that the party to beat Read More

Pictures: Nigerian emerges top at food safety challenge in Denmark

October 13, 2022 Solomon Arowolo 0

Ruth Ede has beaten other contestants to emerge as second runner-up in an international food safety challenge held in Denmark, Wednesday. Ede, who is a fellow of the Ugwumba Leadership Center, established by former Imo State governorship candidate, Uche Nwosu, had earlier won the Nigerian version of the EatSafe Innovation Challenge. She leads Scratop, a company that utilises and converts Read More

The threat to food security

October 5, 2022 Administrator 0

This newspaper at the weekend published a disturbing exclusive report on the quantum damage wrecked by floods across the country. The report, which is based on thorough nationwide survey, indicated that as a result of torrential rainfall in recent weeks, with no signs of slowing down, some states, especially those along the courses of Rivers Niger and Benue, are currently Read More

The threat to food security

October 4, 2022 Administrator 0

This newspaper at the weekend published a disturbing exclusive report on the quantum damage wrecked by floods across the country. The report, which is based on thorough nationwide survey, indicated that as a result of torrential rainfall in recent weeks, with no signs of slowing down, some states, especially those along the courses of Rivers Niger and Benue, are currently Read More

Food security: Biden announces additional $2.9bn funding

September 23, 2022 Chizoba Ogbeche, with agencies 0

The United States President, Joseph R. Biden, Jr., has announced over $2.9 billion in new assistance from the U.S. Government to address global food insecurity. Biden made the announcement while addressing the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The announcement builds on the $6.9 billion in U.S. government assistance to support global food security already committed this year. Read More

Strengthening ADP for sustainable food security in Nigeria

August 5, 2022 Administrator 0

Globally, food security has become an issue that raises concern especially in recent times with its attendant consequences in the form of hunger, malnutrition, poverty, inflation. Disturbing report Recently, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said about 19. 4 million people would face food insecurity across Nigeria between June and August, Read More

Lets join hands, ensure food safety – Stakeholders tell Nigerians

July 30, 2022 Editor 0

Stakeholders on Friday in Abuja said the issue of food safety was a collaborative effort which is everyone’s responsibility and business. A cross section of stakeholders spoke on the sidelines of the 2022 National Food Safety Summit in Abuja. The event held at the Ministry of Environment was powered by RCL City Centre in collaboration with National Industrial Safety Council Read More

IMF raises food security concerns, says fiscal deficit’ll hit 6.1% of GDP

Nigeria’s rising fiscal deficit could hit 6.1 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said. This was contained in the latest Staff Article Consultation report released in Washington on Thursday. A fiscal deficit is a condition when the expenditure of the government exceeds its revenue in a year. IMF said the escalating food Read More

‘We are contributing to food security in Nigeria’

June 2, 2022 David Agba 0

The Assistant Managing Director of Green Agriculture West Africa Ltd.(GAWAL) Mr. Wang Xuemin, has reiterated the commitment of his company towards food security in Nigeria through the introduction of high quality, high yielding rice seed in Nigeria. Mr. Xuemin, stated this at the company’s demonstration farm in Usuma, Bwari Area Council of Abuja while conducting top government officials and journalists Read More

SDGs zero hunger target: Ocean Farming for global food security II

May 24, 2022 Prof. MK Othman 0

As presented in the first part of this article, the earth’s surface area is 71% covered by oceanic water. The water is mainly being used for navigation, transport, and other economic and sporting activities. Today, the humanity has started using the 71 percent of the earth surface occupied by ocean for farming activities. This becomes necessary because of the environmental Read More

FG inaugurates national steering committees on food, nutrition security

May 2, 2022 Administrator 0

The federal government through the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar has inaugurated five National Steering Committees for donor funded projects being implemented under the Ministry to enhance food security, job creation, rural development and economic diversification. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony held at the Minister’s conference room in Abuja recently, the Minister stated that the Read More

Concerns about genetically modified foods in Nigeria

April 20, 2022 Gilbert Nnaji 0

With the Russia’s special military operation and conflict in Ukraine, there has been concerns of possible food shortage, likely to exacerbate the crises of hunger and starvation already made worst by the rising tide of insecurity that has considerably prevented farmers from optimizing their productivity. The looming food crisis or shortage, now set to be aggravated by the conflict in Read More

Getting the best from forest resources, rainy season

April 18, 2022 Adewale Kupoluyi 0

The quest for Nigeria towards self-sufficiency and food security requires deliberate efforts being put in place to achieve this. This range from getting the best from forest resources, maximising the raining season, and practising good irrigation system, among other suggestions. On forest resources, the experts have called for the formulation of pragmatic policies to guarantee continuous production to meet with Read More

‘Africa must use technology to fight food insecurity – NABDA

April 10, 2022 Administrator 0

The National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) Director General and Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Abdullahi Mustapha, has insisted that Africa must make technology the focal point of its agricultural development as the continent fights to avert hunger. Africa presently faces the huge challenge of feeding it’s over one billion people in order to ensure food and nutritional security. Addressing press after Read More

Food security: Developing action plan for residue reduction in livestock products

February 7, 2022 Administrator 0

Food security: Developing action plan for residue reduction in livestock products. Over the years, the federal government has been working on reducing drug residue in agricultural produce that are exported from Nigeria. In this piece, JOHN OBA, reports on developing a National Residues Monitoring Plan for honey and other livestock products. In the past couple of years, the Joint FAO/IAEA Read More

Food security: ActionAid harps on biennial review across board

February 2, 2022 Adeola Tukuru 0

ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has called on the media to project the third biennial review accountability process instituted to help measure progress of the comprehensive African Agriculture Development programme implementation in the continent. The International Project Manager, Public Finance for Agriculture, AAN, Constance Okeke said it became necessary as the media needs to lead the drive to boost agriculture by putting Read More

Global food price index up 28% in 2021 – FAO

January 12, 2022 Blessing Anaro 0

The prices of food reached a 10-year high in 2021, rising by an average of 28 per cent, the highest average level since 2011. The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), in its Food Price Index, disclosed that despite a slight decline in December 2021, there was still an increase of 23.1 per cent in points recorded in December 2020. Read More

Food security: FG commissions Okuta dam in Kwara

January 7, 2022 Administrator 0

The federal government has commissioned a 1.8 million cubic metres storage capacity Okuta Dam in Baruten local government area of Kwara state to feed at least 100 hectares of irrigation farm lands. The Minister of Agriculture, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, disclosed this at the commissioning of the dam, a project office and some other completed projects in Ilorin, which ran from Read More

MBF to Buhari: Defeat terrorists, tackle food crisis in 2022

January 2, 2022 Agi Onda 0

Piqued by the grueling security challenges and food crisis in 2021, the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to decisively tackle Boko Haram/ISWAP menace as well as take actions that will guarantee food security for Nigerians. The Forum, in a New Year message signed by its National President, Dr Pogu Bitrus, Sunday, said year 2022 “is full Read More